The Mines Dance Team is one of the many clubs on campus, and while they are most visible at football and basketball games, they are involved in many other events. “The Mines Dance Team also performs at events in the community,” Jamie Johnson remarks. “We have danced at the Denver Aquarium, the Denver Dance Festival, the Miss Planet Beach competitions, Colorado Mills Mall, and the USO charity benefit balls.”
Miranda Kloberdanz commented, “One of our favorite performances was at the USO benefit in Colorado Springs. It was for a great cause and was a really rewarding experience. We’re actually scheduled to perform for them again this December, and we’re all really excited.”
While the team may spend a lot of time at performances, the girls spend about eight hours a week preparing them. “Practices consist of warming up, stretching, and conditioning and strengthening.” Sara Bisque continued, “Each are rotated through different nights so we have time to learn and practice choreography and clean dances.” The team is coached by Jessica Mason, Studio 21 owner and instructor.
The girls dance to all different types of music, and are all trained in many types of dance including hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and pom. The team is sponsored by April’s Salon (a hair salon) and Tan the Moon.
Being a part of the Mines Dance Team has been a rewarding experience for all of the girls on the team. “I’ve danced for years and knew when I came to Mines that I wanted to have an artistic release from school and found the Mines Dance team. Once I met the team I knew it was the right thing for me.” Teresa Malesardi, president, remarked. “My favorite part of being on the Mines Dace Team is spending time with motivated, intelligent, and most of all talented women.”
As a graduating senior, Sarah Bisque said, “The dance team has been my scheduled work out and stress reliever for my whole four and a half years. It has taught me how to manage my time as well as become a leader. The girls on the team have become my friends and help keep me sane during stressful times. I have grown to love this team and have loved watching us grow. I have grown to love performing and dance even more!”
The team has had a successful past few months and hopes to have much more success for the rest of the school year. “We would love to perform at and participate in more events on campus as well as in the community. We strive to positively represent Mines throughout Colorado,” noted Malesardi.
Also, the team will be performing nationally for the Planet Beach Spokes model competition in December. “Frankly, I’m super excited!” Kristen Cramer exclaimed.